(AA) – An Egyptian museum has triggered uproar after displaying a photo of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in an exhibition about pioneering women.
Meir – who was prime minister during a Middle East war between Egypt and Israel in 1973 – was displayed as part of the exhibition hosted by the Pharaonic Village in Giza.
“The Pharaonic village has placed [Golda] Meir among pioneering women. This is a scandal,” prominent writer Farida Choubachy tweeted.
The fair featured sections devoted to prominent women like Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Cleopatra, Egyptian feminist Huda Sharawi and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The exhibition also included a photo of former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of former President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.
Military expert Adel Suleiman blamed the move to display Meir’s photo on “lack of awareness”.
“Golda Meir’s photo displayed in Cairo, not Tel Aviv. It’s an example of the nation’s awareness being washed away,” he tweeted.
In an attempt to calm the uproar, Magdi al-Zayat, the museum’s director, has apologized for exhibiting Meir’s photo.
“I offer my apology for this mistake by organizers of the exhibition,” he said, adding that the Meir’s photo has been removed from the exhibition.
He argued that the exhibition displays photos of 70 women figures, who have affected people’s lives.
Meir – who was elected prime minister in 1969, resigned in 1974, one year after a military conflict between Egypt and Israel over the Sinai Peninsula, which the self-proclaimed Jewish state occupied in 1967.
Despite the signing of a landmark peace treaty in 1979, Egypt and Israel remain in a state of cold peace.
Israel, which had occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for six years prior to the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, is still seen in an overwhelmingly negative light among much of the Egyptian public.